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Integrating Sustainable Stormwater Management in Urban Planning: Ways Forward towards Institutional Change and Collaborative Action

Department of Thematic Studies—Environmental Change, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Water 2020, 12(1), 203; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12010203 (registering DOI)
Received: 21 November 2019 / Revised: 20 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 10 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Urban Water Management)
Climate change impacts, ageing infrastructure and the increasing imperviousness of cities all raise enormous challenges to and call for new ways of planning for sustainable urban stormwater management. Especially, closer collaboration among a diverse set of actors involved has been pointed to as critical to enable the development of holistic and flexible approaches. However, the shift towards inclusive forms of planning has been slow, and characterized by technical and institutional lock-ins. Against this background, this study scrutinizes the challenges and developments perceived as central for improving stormwater planning, and analyzes how formal and informal institutional change could contribute to enhancing sustainability in this sector. Building on an analysis of data from workshops, interviews and a survey with Swedish planners and water managers, we suggest new strategies for integrating stormwater concerns into planning processes, overcoming silo structures, fostering cocreation cultures, and securing the continuation and implementation of stormwater management through various planning stages. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable stormwater management; urban planning; institutions; institutional change sustainable stormwater management; urban planning; institutions; institutional change
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Bohman, A.; Glaas, E.; Karlson, M. Integrating Sustainable Stormwater Management in Urban Planning: Ways Forward towards Institutional Change and Collaborative Action. Water 2020, 12, 203.

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